Inappropriate Prescribing - First, Do No Harm?

July 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: Ireland

Inappropriate prescribing (IP) in older patients is highly prevalent and is associated with an increased risk of adverse drug events (ADEs), morbidity, mortality and healthcare utilisation. Consequently, IP is a major safety concern and with changing population demographics, it is likely to become even more prevalent in the future.

In a BMC Geriatrics article Denis O'Mahony and colleagues discuss the causes of IP, screening tools, and prevention of this increasingly important issue.

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